How To Achieve Your New Year’s Goals? Use Systems Thinking!

How To Achieve Your New Year’s Goals? Use Systems Thinking!

Are you crushing your 2021 New Year’s resolutions?  Maybe you’re struggling to get started, or even to stay on the path.  Unfortunately, 92% of us never achieve our New Year’s goals.  That means… there’s only a mere 8% of elite goal achievers out there!

Use Systems Thinking

Most approach New Year’s resolutions like any other life ambition by setting a specific outcome they want to achieve.  Maybe your goal is to lose weight, get healthy, or find a new job.  Goals are great at setting direction and focus, however it’s good SYSTEMS that deliver results. Systems are the processes and functions that help us get to our targets.  In other words, good systems guide us down the path to success.

If you’re struggling like most with your 2021 New Year’s goals, remember to be a “Systems Thinker”.  If you put the right systems in place you can achieve any personal or professional goal. Author, James Clear, says it best:

“You do not rise to the level of your goals; you fall to the level of your systems.” 

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Here are two examples.

So your goal is to get healthy… Great! You further commit to take a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, Mondays – Saturdays. Now, you need to focus on your SYSTEMS! What time of the day will you walk? Where will you walk? Do you have the right shoes? How about warm clothes if you’re walking outdoors? Is there someone who can walk with you, maybe serve as your accountability partner? How can you make the walk more enjoyable? Perhaps take a dog on your walk, listen to music, or an ebook.

Now take that systems thinking into your workplace. If you’re like most, you’ve been tasked to achieve a big, hairy, audacious goal (aka a BHAG) in 2021. You might be tasked to improve a process, implement a new product, or achieve a particular metric. Start thinking about your systems and a cycle of continuous improvement. Do you have the right resources? How much time will you/your team work on the goal? Define the specifics of what it’s going take, and identify the priority next steps. Once you implement small cycles of continuous improvement to your systems… you’ll be on your way to success!

Remember, it’s your SYSTEMS that will define the level of your success!

Announcing the Launch of Meridian Healthcare Consulting!

Announcing the Launch of Meridian Healthcare Consulting!

Are you one of the 22 million people that found themselves in job transition due to the unprecedented COVID-19  crisis?  I am!  After 30+ years in healthcare, 8 years with my most recent employer, I found myself unemployed and in unchartered territory. 

Thankfully my instinct to be a life-long learner kicked in and I found myself learning everything I could about the job search process.  OH…How things have changed!  This led me to a great career coach, a job transition support group, and numerous self-help books.  After miles of daily walks, and support of family and friends, my passion and personal mission have never been more-clear.  That is to continue using my leadership talents and experiential knowledge to create innovative solutions so healthcare organizations can provide the most reliable and safe patient care there is.

I’m excited to officially launch Meridian Healthcare Consulting, LLC!  Together we can mitigate risks using clear strategies and tools to ensure the safety of your patients and employees.  There is nothing more imperative than healthcare’s journey to ZERO harm!

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